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Wilderness Walk: Here's Hoping

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Granlund.... Gandalf.... they sound so similar.... COULD THEY BE THE SAME?

I've been obsessed with this piece lately... just brilliant. One of the best things every to be Dutch.

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Wild News

Minnesota Wild: 2015 Preseason Review | Gone Puck Wild
Danny Lambert gives a preview to the season.

Minnesota Wild 2015-16 Predictions: Jared Spurgeon | The Hockey Writers
THW discuss and try to predict Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon's upcoming 2015-16 season.

Fontaine and Haula skate for Wild, but status still unclear |
After a long practice Sunday, the Wild didn't skate Monday--or at least, most of the team didn't.

Wild report: Charlie Coyle says switching positions no big deal |
Standard Issue...

Wild aims to trim Suter's ice time |
"The goal is to give Suter 24 to 26 minutes per game, enabling the Wild’s senior defenseman to stay on the ice for a healthy chunk of time without reaching the point of exhaustion." I'll believe it when I see it.

Tending the Fields

Top 10 Calder Trophy Candidates | The Hockey Writers
The obvious 2 candidates, plus one Wild...

From the Frozen Pond

Minnesota State's Dylan Margonari Out 6 Weeks with Stress Fracture | SB Nation College Hockey

Five Coaches on The Hot Seat | SB Nation College Hockey
These five coaches might need a strong season to keep their job.

Off the Trail

Raffi Torres' Suspension is Good For the NHL | The Hockey Writers
There's almost no chance this stands up to appeal, but it was the right move.

Zack Kassian suspended without pay as part of league's substance abuse program | theScore
Obviously we're all hoping he gets the help he needs.

NHL recognizes increase in cocaine use, hoping to augment banned substances list | theScore
Wait, Cocaine wasn't already banned?

5 predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season | theScore
None of these are good for the Wild.

Marc Staal explains the NHL's shot-blocking fetish, and how D-men have to adjust | theScore
A really really interesting read.